Le Collectif Improvisation at Barbican Pit open LAB

Innovative and quirky improvisation group Le Collectif International des Improvisateurs has been in residence at Barbican Pit as part of the Open LAB project. During the residency they were able to develop a piece called The Next Room which in turn is evolving into a work tentatively titled Odyssey 2015.

The Odyssey comes down to us via Keats’ Sonnet

Homer’s Odyssey has been the great tale of adventure and human relationships that has come down to us through the ages from when it was first written down three thousand years ago.  No-one knows if there ever was an individual called Homer or whether the stories were a collection of bardic tales that had gradually […]

Samuel Butler’s Translation of ‘The Odyssey’

When the child of morning, rosy-fingered Dawn, appeared, Ulysses put on his shirt and cloak, while the goddess wore a dress of a light gossamer fabric, very fine and graceful, with a beautiful golden girdle about her waist and a veil to cover her head. She at once set herself to think how she could […]


Another contribution from Wikipaedia:  The term “psychedelic” is derived from the Ancient Greek words psychē (ψυχή, “mind”) and dēloun (δηλοῦν, “to make visible, to reveal”),translating to “mind-revealing”. A psychedelic experience is characterized by the striking perception of aspects of one’s mind previously unknown, or by the creative exuberance of the mind liberated from its ostensibly […]

Odyssey 2015

The Odyssey (/ˈɒdəsi/;Greek: Ὀδύσσεια, Odýsseia) is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other work ascribed to Homer. The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon, and is the second oldest extant work of Western literature, the Iliad being the […]


Here is the Wikipaedia entry.  Any thoughts? Improvisation is the process of devising a solution to a requirement by making-do, despite absence of resources that might be expected to produce a solution. In a technical context, this can mean adapting a device for some use other than that which it was designed for, or building […]

Welcome to our website

Le Collectif International des Improvisateurs is a sort of umbrella organisation for a number of projects that have been running over the past three years.  Now the umbrella has a lovely brightly coloured covering over the spokes of these projects. We’ve had a lot of fun assembling the archives and material from all the previous […]

More tweaking to the site

Working hard to make the site more interesting and exciting.

Nearly there

We’re very excited that we’re nearly there with the website.  Still quite a bit of tweaking to do but you can see how it’s shaping up.  Please send us any comments or news about le Collectif and we’ll try to incorporate it.

Good Morning

It’s a brilliant summer’s day.  The sun is shining and the new website is up and running.  It’s a bit barebones at the moment and it needs quite a bit of editing but very soon there will be images and ideas enough to give us something to be proud of, which will excite promoters and […]